ADD TUNES TO YOUR RIDE
Installing sound in your UTV
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
❏ One of the most unnecessary but
most enjoyable upgrades you can
make to your UTV might be a sound
system. Nowadays with streaming
music, huge iTunes libraries and satellite radio, it’s easier than ever to
carry and play your music with you
to the remote places you ride to.
Basically, all you need is a speaker
system and maybe an amplifier to
connect to your music player and
you’re rocking. In this article we are
going to show you a few options on
how to transform your UTV into a
concert stage on wheels.
If you were to get a custom stereo
installed into your pickup truck, any
local stereo shop can build speaker
boxes and amplifier trays to carry
however much equipment you want
to run. Well, the same goes for your
UTV, and all across the country we
are hearing more and more reports
of increased business by these shops
for customers owning UTVs.
If you are wondering how a stereo
system survives in the harsh world of
mud, dirt and especially water, the
marine industry has done the dirty
work for us. In the marine indus-
try, especially in the world of wake-
board boats, those sound systems
have been developed to be water-
and shockproof, making them perfect
for off-road as well, and Rockford
Fosgate has an extensive line of
marine and off-road sound equip-
ment perfect for your custom install.
For this project we used four M2
Wake pods that retail for $280 for a
set of two, two M2 subwoofers retailing for $250 each, a $289 Punch head
unit, two T500X16R amplifiers for the
The four speaker pods are mounted on the rear rack we
picked up from D&P Performance. The pods fit nicely in the
dimple-die holes, and the roll-bar clamps are included, but
we opted not to use them.
The placement for the amplifiers was in the cargo bed
between both subwoofers. To keep the wires hidden out of
sight a panel was made to fit above and around the amps for
a clean and simple look.
Our project stereo vehicle is a 2016 Arctic Cat Wildcat Sport.
The Sport is a perfect vehicle for its versatility of being more
of a trail machine than a race machine.
We picked up a rear rack from D&P Performance and four
M2 Wake pods, two M2 subwoofers, a Punch head unit,
two T500X16R and one T400X4AD amplifiers from Rockford
Fosgate audio. We had custom subwoofer boxes made to
fit in the cargo bed from Metro Sound in Huntington Beach,